The Gate House- Carmel's Mystery Cottage

“The origin of this cottage remains veiled in mystery. Some say once served as a servant’s quarters of a large estate. Other belive it was built by an old sea-captain after he was no longer able to go to sea. Still others believe it was built by Charles Van Riper an author and real estate developer. The main cottage was built in the 1940’s.” Linda Leigh Paul


Sweet alyssum, catnip , deep purple heliotrope and yarrow spill over the path leading the way to the Adirondack chairs place in a companionable circle. Roses clamber over a trellis and add vertical interest as rose standards. An exuberant vine drapes itself from the small balcony off the upstairs bedroom. Can you see that tiny stone pot of yellow pansies on the table? Take a minute to listen to the bees humming and smell all the mingled scents.


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I was trolling through flickr several days ago and came across this wonderful set of photos on the interior and grounds taken by lookiloos. She has given me permission to share them with you. Visit this link to see her delightful shots.


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  • Donna Myers 4y

    your pictures really make me homesick for Calif. and nice weather...don't get me wrong though, I love them and all the information you share with them
  • WrenHouseYarns 4y

  • Loreta 4y

    Idyllic garden!!
  • NatureWalk 4y

    thanks for sharing these. I love these cottages - just like a fairy tale
  • Marie Lancup 4y

    What a lovely place, Linda!!! I love your photos of Carmel ...
  • Franks Photos - Catching Up 4y

    Oh, wowwwwwww. I could spend a whole day here with my Macro lens.
    Thanks for sharing......
  • A n t o i n e t t e 4y

    I'm sooooooo sad our trip got cancelled. Richard and I will just have to go on our own. I LOVE these places!
  • suzanne michele 4y

    How magnificent. thanks for sharing.
  • Four Doxn 4y

    Amazing gardens in Carmel!
    I am always surprised to see the variety displayed in an area that can be very chilly and foggy.
    I think you have the best of both worlds...but admit it...Carmel gardens rival the best in the USA!
  • tinyfishy 4y

    A wonderful place fit for a queen....hard to believe it was once a servant’s quarters ....Great shot Linda.
  • Photo--Graphy 4y

    Marvelous image.
  • Sandra 4y

    The essence of charm!
  • Larisa Pravilovic 4y

  • Rob 4y

    What a magical place! Who wouldn't love to strol through that garden? Great shot!
  • Henri Bonell 4y

    Just beautiful, idyllic garden !
  • Michael Menefee 4y

    I so enjoy this series you have going on for cottages and gardens.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Kait Mauro 4y

    So many beautiful cottage images, I need to visit here. :)
  • Simon Barrett 4y

    Stunning photo of a beautiful cottage. Great colours.
  • Joe Weuste 4y

    So beautiful!!
  • Pat Gladding 1mo

    Pat Gladding Your photography is stunning! I would love to live in a storybook house. I understand your choice, but oh how I wish I could pin one of these on my Dream Board! Brava!
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